Shell Knob Chamber takes guests under the rainbow at annual banquet
Chamber Director: 'There is an energy that is going on here'
The Shell Knob community and area businesses enjoyed a special occasion on Saturday, when the Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet for members.
More than 120 members and business and industry owners attended the event to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, fellowship with other members, enjoy a nice dinner, evening of entertainment and hear about plans for the future.
With a theme of "Under the Rainbow," replete with pots of gold, a rainbow-colored canopy and plenty of St. Patrick's greenery, the event was over the top with decor, entertainment, cuisine and a spirit of excitement and appreciation.
Dinner, which included shredded pork roast, baked, encrusted chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, salad and a cobbler desert, was provided by Infused Catering.
According to Twilia Harrison, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce executive director, the community is experiencing a huge surge in growth, with new businesses coming to the area, and an increase in home sales. In a speech to guests Harrison delivered at the banquet event, she shared her zeal for the growth, her outlook for the community and appreciation of local businesses and industry.
"There is an energy that is going on here," she said. "We are building houses and businesses are coming here. This is a great time to live in Shell Knob."
In the last year, two new restaurants have opened in the attractive lakeside community — Carmelina's Italian Bistro on Kings River Marina, constructed from the wood of nine barns, and Area 71, off Highway YY, which boasts a chef from the Chateau on the Lake. New retail businesses have also opened, and a new gun shop is expected to come to the area.
A message to guests from Chamber President Mark Davis contained in the evening program read, "The Shell Knob area experienced another fantastic year. New home construction has been phenomenal this year. We have new restaurants and new retail businesses this year. This is evidence that more and more people want to live in and visit our beautiful corner of the world. With the beauty of the area and the friendliest people in the world, our little secret is bound to get out to more and more people. Thank you all for coming to the chamber dinner. Looking forward to another great year."
Pam Lobb, associate chamber member, was presented with the Community Person of the Year award at the banquet for her service to the chamber and community. Harrison said Lobb, who helped design the event's creative pot of under-the-rainbow theme, was an asset to the chamber. Upon acceptance of her award, Lobb expressed appreciation for local business owners.
"Our businesses are made up of thoughtful, kind people and we try to do a really nice dinner for all they do and celebrate our businesses and community," she said.
Harrison also expressed appreciation for local businesses and industry.
"Our pot of gold for the chamber is our membership — they are our lifeline," she said.
Pat Bingley and Bev Fencl won Business Person of the Year award for their business, Paw Prints Daycare for Dogs.
Entertainment was provided by Magician Josh Farley, who invited participants to the stage for slight-of-hand, mind reading, and tricks involving ropes, hammering a nail into his nose and reassembling a newspaper after ripping it to shreds only moments before.
For more information about Shell Knob and all its offerings, people may visit www.shellknob.com, or contact the chamber at 417-858-3300.